really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,740 miles

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2003 Lincoln Navigator suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Lincoln Navigator Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 032008

Navigator 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Lincoln Navigator. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph the front and rear suspension failed and caused the vehicle to bounce abnormally. While turning the steering wheel he could feel the body of the truck touch the tire. The ABS lights illuminated on the instrumental panel prior to the failure. The vehicle was inspected and repaired in April 2008 and had not been inspected for the current failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000. Updated 5/9/11

- Texas City, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 132009


  • 60,000 miles
2003 Lincoln Navigator traveling 65 miles an hour and suspension went out rear one this time truck bounced so hard hit my head and truck was uncontrollable we need to sue Lincoln. Bought mine in staten island dana motors was in shop 21 times for the suspension they fixed and 3 months later out again last time October cost me 1100 dollars. Very bad truck stuck with payment of a death trap!

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 112003

Navigator 4WD 8-cyl

  • 700 miles
Within two weeks, a squeak and a clunk developed in the rear-end of my new vehicle. The dealer told me that the rear differential was missing two of the four bolts that should have been there and that the two bolts that were installed were loose. They said that they had seen a lot of that, because the plants had to manufacture a lot of Navigator in a hurry.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #2

Jul 022003

Navigator 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
2003 Lincoln Navigator--- within the first 60 days (5000 miles) of ownership the rear end was termed to be defective and a complete new assembly had to be installed. At 12,000 miles the rear end again has started making the same sounds as before. I took the vehicle to the dealership where it was purchased and I was told that Ford was aware of the problem and nothing was done to repair it.

- Abita Springs, LA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152003


  • 14,500 miles
While driving at 30-40 mph consumer felt that vehicle rose in the rear and tilted on driver's side. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause could not be determined. On another occasion the same thing occurred, but the tilt was on the passenger's side, and again the dealer could not find the cause. The consumer felt that the suspension was defective.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

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